Author Archive

Patricia Blaisdell

Ms. Blaisdell provides membership support and advocacy for hospital-based post-acute care services, including policy analysis and interpretation, legislative advocacy, and communication with regulatory bodies and third party payers.

Ms. Blaisdell has over 20 years of experience in hospital and health care management in acute and post-acute settings. She has particular expertise in post-acute care reimbursement and clinical operations across the continuum of care.
Ms. Blaisdell began her career as a speech/language pathologist in Connecticut, where she was active in the development of services for individuals with traumatic brain injury. Her work was recognized with the Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. Ms. Blaisdell received a BS degree from the University of New Hampshire, an MA in Speech/Language Pathology from the University of Connecticut, and a MS in Health Care Management from Rensselaer at Hartford. She currently serves on the California Olmstead Advisory Committee and on the board of directors of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders.

California Hospital Association

Christina M. Fernandez, DD, JD, BCC

Christina Fernandez joined Dignity Health in 1995.  She brings a background in law, spiritual and palliative care, and mission integration to her current role as Senior Vice President Mission Integration and Spirituality.  Her responsibilities include the effectiveness of system initiatives in mission integration (organizational identity, spirituality, ethics and community health) and functional accountability for mission integration and spiritual and palliative care services in Dignity Health’s facilities.  Prior to joining the system office, Christina served as Vice President of Mission Integration at St. John’s Hospitals Oxnard-Camarillo, on the executive team as General Counsel at Patagonia, Inc. and as a partner in the law firm of Buchalter Nemer in Los Angeles.  Christina holds a Bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University, and a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School.  She holds both Masters and Doctorate degrees in Divinity from Sophia Divinity School.  She is a board certified chaplain and licensed attorney in the State of California.

Mary Carol Todd, MSN, RN CMAC

Mary Carol has over 25 years of healthcare management experience.  She is currently the Senior Vice President of Clinical Efficiency for Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), located in San Francisco, California.  In this role, Mary Carol has responsibility for Medical Management development at all CHW acute care hospitals.  Her responsibilities include Case Management, Utilization Management, clinical resource utilization and cost reduction, clinical documentation, monitoring, consulting and continuing education for physicians, case management, social workers and other clinicians.

Mary Carol’s past experience includes regional direction for Care Management and Quality for the six CHW hospitals in the Sacramento service area.  She has more than 15 years of experience as a Nurse Administrator and Manager in addition to nearly 10 years of management and direction for Case Management, Clinical Social Work, Quality Management, Infection Control, Safety and JCAHO Coordination. Mary Carol is a Certified Case Management Administrator.

Dignity Health Corporate

Daniel Johnson, MD, FAAHPM

Dr. Daniel Johnson is the National Clinical Lead for Palliative Care with Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute. He is also Department Chief of Palliative Care at Kaiser Permanente-Colorado and is a practicing physician on the Palliative Care Consult Services atExempla St. Joseph Hospital (Denver) and Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center (Lafayette). Additionally, he serves as the Director of the Life Quality Institute – an organization that has provided over 130,000 hours of palliative care education for Colorado’s health professionals and communities. Dr. Johnson part of the clinical faculty at the University of Colorado and a Faculty Associate for the University of Colorado Center for Bioethics and Humanities. Dr. Johnson received his bachelor’s degree from the Colorado School of Mines and worked as a geophysicist for 8 years prior to completing medical school and residency training at the Universityof Colorado. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Johnson is a Soros Faculty Scholar for the Project on Death in America, and a graduate of the Harvard Program in Palliative Care Education and Practice. In addition to multiple teaching and leadership awards, he is consistently recognized by his physician peers as a 5280 Magazine “Top Doctor” in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2008-2010). Dr. Johnson’s publications and research interests include palliative care education, end-of-life care systems development, and fatigue and symptom management in patients with advanced and terminal illness.

Care Management Institute, Kaiser Permanente